Our task was to remodel a 1920’s solid brick Californian bungalow which had seen many iterations over the years. The brief was to retain the ground floor foot print without change and add a first floor, to accommodate a growing family of 5.
The beautifully crafted historic details although few, were valued by our client. Happily our strongly held beliefs of a 'not so big house' - where the emphasis is on investing in the ‘quality of space’ instead of on the ‘quantity of space’ also aligned. This project took us on a wonderful collaboration and resulted in a rare project where the client totally trusted us to wrap a stairway around a fireplace.
The project won a Commendation in the Architeam Awards in 2014.
Maximised north facing aspect with windows and roof lights. Achieved good cross ventilation.
Added sub floor insulation under the original floors and applied bulk floor insulation to the new first floor.
Improved thermal efficiency of existing brick structure with a 25mm internal air gap. Maximised thermal resistance of first floor walls. Maximised thermal resistance of roof and cathedral ceilings.
Installed double glazed timber windows and doors. Applied weather seals and sealed all gaps and draft proofed openings. Facilitated future recycling by secret nailing new timber floors to battens instead of gluing. All timber products were sourced form plantations. Applied low VOC paints.
Solar panels to generate electricity and solar hot water service on north facing roof.
These included double glazing and ceiling fans. A rain water tank plumbed for toilet flushing and garden watering.
Salvaged and reused all existing bricks and timber floor boards and doors. Land fill minimised by on selling items removed form the original building including the kitchen, laundry, windows, sanitary fittings and light fixtures.
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